Grilled Pork Chops with Alton Brown's Pork Chop Brine
A great way to add flavor and keep your pork chops juicy.
Ingredients for the brine:
- scaled down for two pork chops
- 1/2 cup of salt a bit less if you want
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 T whole peppercorns
- 1/2 T ground mustard
- 1 cup of boiling hot microwaved apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 lb of ice cubes yes I weighed them out
To make the brine I mixed the salt, brown sugar, ground mustard, and pepper into a decent sized plastic bowl. I then microwaved 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and poured it over the dry ingredients and gave them a nice mix to dissolve everything. Then I tossed in the ice cubes so I wouldn’t be cooking my pork chops in boiling brine. Finally the pork chops went into the brine and the whole thing went into the fridge for 2 hours (no more than 2 hours or you’ll have a salty mess).
Rinse pork chops under cold water to remove excess salty brine.
Grill until done.